From the Los Angeles Times: “US Eases Off Call for Swift Egypt Reform.” Now, there’s a companion story to this in the UK Independent: “‘Can Egypt’s Revolution Stay the Distance?’ — Increasing signs of normality in parts of Cairo belie a continuing stalemate. After thirty unbroken years as President of Egypt, it had seemed as if Hosni Mubarak’s charmed career was finally coming to an end,” but he came up with a brilliant idea right out of the Obama playbook. He gave all federal employees in Egypt, all government employees a 15% pay increase and about one-third of the crowd went home. “Cairo’s famous traffic jams were back. Businesses, shops, and banks were open across the capital. Barack Obama spoke of the ‘progress’ the Egyptian government was making towards reform. And though still in tens of thousands, the numbers at Tahrir Square were probably down on the previous day.” I mean there’s still a lot out there, tens of thousands, but I mean the headline: “Can Egypt’s Revolution Stay the Distance?” Do they have the staying power?

And you know what? I guess there’s gonna be a permanent tent city. They’re gonna have showers for those that want them. Taking a shower can be a sign of weakness within certain elements of this movement. They’re even going to have smoking and nonsmoking sections for the protest. I kid you not. If you want to smoke, there’s a section for you over here in the protest of Mubarak. If you don’t smoke, there’s a section for you over there. I don’t know if Bloomberg’s involved in it, I don’t know. We’ll know if Michelle (My Belle)’s involved if we start hearing about all the healthy food they’re eating over there, the couscous and the fried goat’s eyes and whatever else she deems to be appropriate.

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